surliness Definition

bad-tempered and unfriendly behavior; gruffness.

Using surliness: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "surliness" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    His surliness made it difficult for others to approach him.

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    The waiter's surliness was a turn-off for the customers.

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    I was taken aback by the surliness of his response.

surliness Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for surliness


Summary: surliness in Brief

Surliness [ˈsɜːlinəs] refers to bad-tempered and unfriendly behavior, often characterized by gruffness. It is the opposite of amiability and friendliness. Examples of surliness include a waiter's rude behavior towards customers and a person's difficulty in approaching someone due to their bad temper.